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Tiffany Studios New York "Autumn Woodbine" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Autumn Woodbine" glass and bronze chandelier. The octagonal chandelier is divided by eight vertical brown and yellow-streaked green columns, each extending slightly below the lower border, and two matching horizontal bands that represent a trellis—a decorative device the company also employed in its nasturtium, clematis and grape hanging shades. Over this latticework are slender green and mauve-brown vines and masses of swirled and ruffled five-fingered Virginia Creeper leaves in all of their fall glory, some still with hints of yellow and green but most in brilliant shades of red and scarlet with hints of violet and fuchsia. Those, and the small clusters of dark blue berries, are artistically positioned against a strikingly contrasting rich blue ground.

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Item #: L-20378
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 26.5" diameter, 48" height 
Materials:  Leaded glass, Bronze 
Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 609-11''
Literature: Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 180
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 108, no. 292 (for the present lot illustrated)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 122-123
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated, New York, 2016, p. 123
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 249, no. 989 

The woodbine vine comes in a wide variety of species, but the Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is perhaps the most visually striking. Native to eastern North America, Claude Monet was so intrigued by the plant that he allowed it to grow uninhibited in his garden at Giverny and the vine eventually covered most of his studio and house, turning from a lush green in the spring to flaming shades of red in autumn.